Women feel pressure to ‘get back to normal’ post birth yet self care is key during the 4th trimester

A new survey conducted by Multi-Gyn and Multi-Mam finds that over a third of women (39%) felt pressure to lose their post pregnancy baby weight.  Additionally, nearly a fifth (20%) felt pressure to get back into a fitness regime.

In reality, with the body adjusting to very little sleep and the demands of a newborn baby, for some women the challenges of this fourth trimester can be difficult without any added pressures.  A lack of education, support and conversation about this time leaves many women unprepared for what to expect. 

Every body and every birth is different, but self-care during this trimester is particularly important. Here are 5 ways to help heal your body and enjoy this new stage of life with a precious newborn:

  1. Don’t skimp on sleep

It’s no surprise that getting a good night’s sleep can help to keep your energy levels up but it’s also important for the mind and body. 

Whilst it’s not a surprise to hear that many parents of newborns struggle to get a good night’s sleep there are things you can do to help you catchup – try to sleep when your baby sleeps, make sure you  get an early night & where possible share the night feeds. 

  1. Make nutritious meals a top priority

Consuming a wide variety of nutritious foods helps post-partum recovery. Make sure to eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as lots of proteins and calcium. If you’re breastfeeding, staying hydrated is particularly important, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.

  1. Get out in the fresh air

Whilst it’s a cliché, it’s true, fresh air, and sunshine, really does make everyone feel a bit better. So, try and head out for a brisk 10 to 20-minute walk with the baby in the pram and appreciate nature.

  1. Stay in contact with friends and family

Calling and staying connected with friends and family is really important for your mental health after you have just given birth.  Learn to say yes to all offers of help and support, something that doesn’t come naturally to many of us!

  1. Ease yourself back into exercise slowly

Exercise is important for our mental and physical well-being. When those endorphins kick in, you will notice an improvement in mood. Even though your body has changed after pregnancy and needs time to recover, after 6-8 weeks it is possible with sign off and clearance from your GP, to resume light exercise.  It’s important not to overdo it, your body needs time to recover and get over the big changes that it has been through – pregnancy hormones can affect your joints and ligaments for up to 6 months after the birth putting you at greater risk of injury so you must take it easy.

The biggest thing to remember is that throughout this new chapter, although you might feel lost at times, you are not alone. Visit @realbirthsrealbodies so see other women share their honest account of life with a new baby.

Multi-Gyn and Multi-Mam Compresses have been developed to provide soothing relief for the 2 most common discomforts new mums face – post-birth vaginal discomfort and breastfeeding. They can be found in Boots, on Amazon and at other online pharmacies.

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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